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on the toughest gun laws in the nation, but in congress senate sxwrort leader harry reid pours cold water on an assault weapons ban unless the house acts first. >> let's be realistic. in the senate we're going to do what we think will get through the house, and i don't think going through these eyeragses to say we've done something. >> mother of ben wheeler tells rachel maddow that action on guns should trump politics. >> it's not just republican, democrat -- >> no, no. >> independent. that is the thing that is just blowing my mind that i feel like it's really not about your party. >> it's not. it's not. >> i really feel like it's about our children. >>> coming clean. disgraced pro cyclist lance armstrong confesses to oprah winfrey he used performance enhancing drugs to win the tour de france. >> we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers. >> could he face criminal charges? >>> critical vote. chuck schumer says he will back chuck hagel as defense secretary. secretary of state hillary clinton with a long-time ally, liberia's president ellen johnson surleaf. >> it's important to
country. >> john: an assault weapons ban that senate majority leader harry reid said likely wouldn't pass the house. you see the president wants you to keep trying, harry. the american people do too. while you're at it, maybe congress could follow new york state's lead. because today governor andrew cuomo signed into law the toughest package of gun measures in the nation. the new law expands the state's assault weapons ban. requires background checks to buy ammunition. increase penalties for multiple gun crimes. creates a statewide gun registration database and requires mental health professionals to report patients they believe are likely to harm themselves or others. nowhere in the list do you hear about feds coming to your house to take away your form of entertainment. but as new york congressman steve israel said today more federal and state actions are needed too. >> if those weapons can permeate new york's borders, it makes it tougher. >> john: for more, i'm now joined by a key figure in the guns debate, virginia democratic congressman bobby scott is the ranking member of the crime
? if so, you are probably over 30. plus, i'm sending a letter to senate majority leader harry reid on what washington can do for children. and nerdland is in washington. >>> good morning, i'm melissa harris-perry. this morning, we are live in washington, d.c. as preparations are under way for the second inauguration of president barack obama. and while the public ceremony and celebration will take place on monday, the official swearing in as mandated by the constitution will occur tomorrow morning. chief justice john roberts will swear in the president in a brief ceremony at the white house just before noon and msnbc will bring it to you live tomorrow. president obama will retake the oath with a 52% approval rating according to the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. after the last inauguration, the economy is not if a freefall, and universal health care is not a political platform, and the united states is not bogged down in multiple international wars, and the girls have a dog. look, president obama is go gin to enter his new term with with a new ad jen da already under a bright
in the senate where you have harry reid, the senate majority leader and other democrats calling for a slowdown, not a speed-up as relates to gun control. >> megyn: harry reid has been a pig pbig proponent of gun rig and doesn't necessarily appear on team obama on this issue. nor do other democrats. this is a strange issue in that it's not d versus r. it's gun rights groups versus gun control groups. i don't know that you can put harry reid in the gun rights group camp can you? >> well, this is really, when you get down to it. >> megyn: control i should say. >> a population density question. if you represent a place with a lot of people, if you represent a city, you are much more likely to be in favor of gun control. and if you represent the country, if you represent the country folks, you are much more likely to be in favor of gun rights. we have a big your began versus rural split on that, and harry reid's state have a lot of pistol-packing folks, a lot of rugged individualists out in nevada and that's true across the democrats in the west, appalachia, joe manchin, that's the deal, this is a
've made harry reid, we have, not democrats, we've made harry reid the majority leader again. we just got to start playing smafrter. >> a better candidate than sharon engel. his polls were terrible. joe, let me say something else. i worked for reagan, okay. reagan was a big tent guy. he was inclusive. in his administration we had moderate republicans, we had conservative republicans, we had supply siders like myself, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. can we go back to reagan's model, can we open up the party a little bit. you know what i'm thinking about particularly. this whole issue about immigration, latino, african-americans, young people, joe the whole party is missing a whole demonstrato graphic in this country? >> no doubt about it. one of my biggest criticisms about mitt romney over the past couple of years i never really thought he understood freeman or thatcher or reagan because if you do get it, if you understand what you understand at your gut level, what i understand and many other conservatives, free market conservatives get, that is that what we believe in conservatism appli
proposals that pass the senate. well, what did harry reid say last weekend about voting on any bills having to do with gun legislation? they are not going to vote on anything unless they know it can pass the house. here we are, stalemate. >> exactly. >> back to you, no, over to you. neither one of them -- and this is what makes the nra's bizarre decision that they did today, the risk -- right now, harry re reid's the best friend they've got, and if they figure out a way to alienate senate democrats who have carried their water before with the stunt they pulled today with this bizarre web ad, they are going to live to regret it long term. >> one other thing about the nra, wayne lapierre said in part, barack obama, joe biden and their gun ban allies want to bully you, strip you of your second amendment freedoms. i warned you that day is coming, now it's here. then a call for greater membership, which is exactly what's happening. nia malika, the battle is now joined, not a battle either side wanted to engage in during the presidential campaign. we just went through a two-year campaign, where e
at least that harry reid is not going to make his democrats who are up in 2014 walk the plank on a tough gun vote. so the house guys are saying look, we'll take it up when reid passes it knowing full well there's a small chance that larry reedye harry reid is going to pass a robust bill. if you saw some of the comments this past week from senators like max baucus, mary landrieu, mark begich who are up next year, you see why a lot of the house republicans are sort of smiling and saying we'll take it up when it comes over from the senate, wink, wink. >> gene, i guess it's going to be quite a while before i download profiles of courage volume 2 from the united states senate? >> i think it's going to be a while. look, it's been a month since newtown. and i think it's -- i think you make the case, it's unconscionable to do nothing, right, until the next newtown. i think there's a resonance out in the country. i think people get that this is something we really need to address and get it on an emotional level. but no, you're not going to be reading the updated profiles in courage out of the se
leader harry reid will try to engage the senate. in a statement yesterday reid wrote "i am committed to insuring that the senate will consider legislation that addresses gun violence and other aspects of violence in our society early this year." the success of the president's proposals, especially a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, rests largely in the hands of the upper chamber. dan gross, the president of the brady campaign, says nothing will happen in either chamber without public pressure. >> there's an extraordinary disconnect between what the american public wants, including gun owners and nra members, and what our elected officials are doing about it. it is going to be up to us, the american public, to close that disconnect. >> republicans seem intent on digging in their heels while president obama is back to the strategy of enlisting the american people to move policy. at least the deja vu is happening on both sides of the aisle. glen thrush, animal of washington, denizan of the beltway. actually -- >> not actually. >> as is usual, you have a really interes
. what has harry reid rand democrats done in the senate? absolutely nothing. how many days since they passed a budget? >> 1,357. >> 1,357 days since democrats have passed a budget in the united states senate. >> let's talk about that lack of leadership so many people have criticized the president for not reaching out and being a leader and bringing in republicans to really get to know them on every level so they can perhaps negotiate a deal. president obama took a moment to address the criticism within the beltway he hasn't spend enough time developing personal relationships with members of cog. >> most people who know me know i'm a pretty friend lip guy and i like a good party. personal relationships are important and obviously, i can always do a better job. the nice thing is now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway. i'll be probably calling around looking for somebody to play cards with me or something because i'm getting kind of lonely in this big house. >> a quick search, just for the record, shows over the president's first
. majority leader harry reid is skeptical we can get anything past republicans in the house but at the same time, minority whip steny hoyer is more optimistic. he's hopeful that perhaps his colleagues in the house will be more flexible after what happened at sandy hook elementary. we're back with more show after the break. show, to be able to come away armed with the facts, and the arguments to feel confident in their positions. i want them to have the data and i want them to have the passion. but it's also about telling them, you're put on this planet for something more. i want this show to have an impact beyond just informing. an impact that gets people to take action themselves. as a human being, that's really important. this is not just a spectator sport. ♪ ♪ the trucks are going farther. the 2013 ram 1500 with best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. guts. glory. ram. the new ram 1500. motor trend's 2013 truck of the year. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, it's "the stephanie miller show." ♪ i'm walkin' on sunshine ♪ ♪ i'm walki
the n.r.a. >> megyn: and harry reid was suggesting yesterday that they don't have the votes in the senate, that this legislation would have to start in senate and he doesn't have the votes. he has the majority, the democrats do and if he doesn't have the votes, chris, this legislation isn't going anywhere. how much of today's proceedings were for the benefit of those democrats who may not be on board with the president's plan right now? >> harry reid, joe manchin from west virginia, bob casey from pennsylvania. the aim for the president now is to find these n.r.a.-backed democrats and squeeze them and put the pressure on and say, are you uncomfortable when i bring little children up here to talk about schoolplace shootings? i can do it in your state or where you live and i can come and keep the pressure on you, until you agree to do some kind of a gun ban and get on board. remember this, megyn, you hit it right on the head, if the president can't get legislation out of the senate, he can't begin to apply pressure on the house. he can talk about it, but until the senate can a
have the senate. go ahead, harry reid, bring it up for a vote. are you in favor of all president obama's recommendations? pass it through the senate first and let the house do it. that would be interesting if he does that. i think he was an nra backed candidate, too,be if i'm not mistaken. >> greg: do i have time to throw to the sot? we're doing it in the next block? great to be back. >> dana: people talking to you in your head. >> greg: it's happening again. i have to get out of here. coming up, should a reality show that features one father who has 11 kids with ten different women called beckel be on television? we told you about --be go ahead. >> two boys, you know, take responsibility. you can hate all you want to. i didn't ask for it. i just happened. >> greg: we told you about "all my babies' mommas" last weekbe but the network changed its mind about the show. tragically. we'll tell you what they have planned ahead. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: meet jill. she thought she'd feel better after seeing her doctor. and she might have, if not for kari, the identity thief stole jill's social se
to convince harry reid a democrat from nevada and also a pro gun democrat to bring a bill up. but he has indicated in some local press back in nevada that he's not going to do that any time soon. he said the first thing on his agenda is to bring up immigration reform. so after the president is inaugurated, if you will, they are going to probably move to some wrap up stuff and then go straight to immigration reform. the question is when will the senate go to it. also leader reid said he won't move anything that can't get through the house. the house is controlled by republicans. and they are mostly pro gun caucus then it sounds to me like the senate won't take up the issue of gun safety or gun control any time soon. so we'll have to wait and see what kind of pressure the white house puts on their own democratic leaders. >> as we heard earlier, obama and members of his administration will be launching a campaign style push on this issue in the coming weeks. why is public support so key? >> basically, the president has the bully pulpit and that's someone no one in the senate or house, they
are going to play a huge role in this. can harry reid get this onto the floor? and will he be afraid to say no to the nra. >> thank you both. coming up another edition of unmasking the nra the gun money that runs the organization and later, jon stewart and the most famous member of the board of the nra my personal plea is in the rewrite tonight. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you make 70,000 trades a second... ♪ reach one customer at a time? ♪ or help doctors turn billions of bytes of shared information... ♪ into a fifth anniversary of remission? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ male announcer ] just like you, business pro. just like you. go national. go like a pro. >>> another episode of unmasking the nra is coming
about and they have no interest in bringing a bill to the floor. i don't know harry reid who is in nevada, doinlt know that i d wants to bring a bill to the floor. he has outside groups and he'll use that to try to get something done. you think about washington, you have to think about the congress you have not the congress you want. >> okay. >> the congress you have is one that is resisting. >> that sounds like we'll get nothing done in four years. >> i think the next two years is going to be difficult to get anything done. they have to do a budget at some point. >> let's talk about that. >> joe is always harping on the fact it's 1,363 days since the democrats passed a budget. yesterday chuck schumer hinted that may change. let's listen. >> in our budget that we will pass, we lift tax reform, which went many of my republican colleagues' way, but it's going to include revenues. it's a great opportunity to get us some more revenues to help in part deal with sequestration. >> so where does this fit in? >> i think where republicans have a legitimate critique of democrats is that
in the senate are going to play a huge role in this. can harry reid get this onto the floor? and will he be afraid to say no to the nra. >> thank you both. coming up another edition of unmasking the nra the gun money that runs the organization and later, jon stewart and the most famous member of the board of the nra my personal plea is in the rewrite tonight. [ male ♪ [ construction sounds ] ♪ [ watch ticking ] [ engine revs ] come in. ♪ got the coffee. that was fast. we're outta here. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ gives you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone likes 50% more... [ midwestern/chicago accent ] cheddar! yeah! 50 percent more [yodeling] yodel-ay-ee-oo. 50% more flash. [ southern accent ] 50 percent more taters. that's where tots come from. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on every purchase plus a 50% annual bonus on the cash you earn. it's the card for people who like more cash. 50% more spy stuff. what's in your wallet? this car is too small. >>> another episode of unmasking the nra is coming up and
boehner, and harry reid, as well, accompanies the president. and then, we see eva longoria, one of the honorary co-chairs of the president's inaugural committee. host of the latino inaugural ball last night. 71% of latinos helped him win the election. >> and they were 10% of the vote. >> president clinton and the secretary of state. >> i believe she said, stand next to me, just in case. and we all know, she was recently hospitalized because of a concussion after a fall. >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand, as the color guard, represented by each of our armed forces, presents our national colors. >> lady rosalynn carter. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the 39th president of the united states, jimmy carter and mrs. rosalynn carter. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> we are looking at the 88-year-old former american president. and, matt, a historian said he reinvented the postpresidency. however you felt about the conflicting times in his presidency, he reinvented the postpresidency. >> well, president carter, he left under a bad economy. he left under a country divided. when he left office, hi
in an orange coat. you also see harry reid there, he's often seen in public wearing fur, which is a weird choice. >> he looks a bit gloomy today in that costume. >> you think so? he has a little touch of the jack abramoff? >> not that kind. that's too dramatic. >> maybe it is because he got his haircut. they have really been chewing on him the last few days about a big decision he has to make about the filibuster in the senate. >> he has to make that right away. >> that's an immediate decision. >> and i think steven dryer is going through a religious event today. i don't know what you call that. >> that's his justice hat. >> is it really? that comes with the office. i have never seen that before. you just made that up, didn't you? >> i'm sorry. ed, on the filibuster thing, this is -- this is a ceremonial start to the week. obviously, this is about the orderly transition of power. this is about the constitution and the celebration and all those things, but this decision is going to happen right away with a huge impact on the president. >> it's huge. the lead editorial today in "the new yor
. but harry reid says he won't ask for a politically difficult vote on proposals he knows can't pass the house. >> shepard: at the white house this afternoon. thank you. the feds are pushing new rules that would ban pilots pilots frg their cell phones while they fly. common sense or unwanted regulations? we will take a look. pentagon officials are hoping to help the french with intelligence and transport as they take on militias in africa. a serious escalation going on. they say the u.s. troops are out of the picture. write that down. >> shepard: the united states is offering to help france in its fight against al qaeda-linked militants in western africa. but the pentagon is stopping short of putting any u.s. troops on the ground. that's from defense secretary leon panetta, talking about the offensive against islamic are rebels in mali. mali is one of the poorest nations on the planet. a groiing home base for islamic extremists, we are led to believe. secretary panetta says the u.s. will help with intelligence and supply, but there are no plans to commit u.s. troops, at this point. all of this
from congress, a decidedly less than responsive . senate majority leader harry reid said of the assault weapons ban, we will do what we thinking it through the house. for the house part, speaker responded by saying of the senate passes a bill, will look at it. the national rifle association responded to the president's announcement with the statement, attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation, only honest law-abiding gun owners will be affected, and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy. despite the president's statement that today's event was all about protecting america's youth, there is little question that no one or any combination of his executive orders would do as much to protect schoolchildren as the nra proposal to place armed guards and all of our schools, a recommendation that most on the left and in the national media initially tried to who down. a proposal that elicited a skeptical response from the president himself, but which is now beginning brought up momentum. a new ad accuses the pre
for the politics of this city. it's almost as if you have harry reid and mitch mcconnell directing traffic. nobody wants to move. nobody wants to do anything. >> by the way, you brought up harry reid's name. here's a majority leader of the united states senate that has worked overtime to not produce a budget in over four years. >> correct. >> 1,163 days if my harry reid calculator is correct. the democratic senate is every bit as dysfunctional as the republican house, and it seems to me we have to figure out a way to fix this. the responsibility lies on both sides of the aisle. >> let me toss it back to you with the initial question you asked me that i cannot answer. i don't know if john can answer the question you asked. but if president barack obama, what sense does it make to invite senator ted cruz down to the white house? >> it makes all the sense in the world. maybe not ted cruz but bring tom coburn over. you bring lamar alexander over. you bring bob corker over. one on one. you bring them all together. guess what? you get tom coburn from oklahoma going to ted cruz fr
recipients get quality mental healthcare. senate majority harry reid said i'm committed to ensureing that address gun violence. all options should be on the table before we compromise and fold. here is the president talking about this matter earlier today. >> obama: as soon as i'm finished speaking here, i will sit at that desk and sign a directive giving schools hubble health community tools they need to help reduce gun violence. as important as these steps are they are in no way a substitute for action from members of congress. to make a reel and lasting real and lasting difference congress, too must act, and i'm calling on congress to pass very specific proposals right away. first its time for congress to require an universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. second, congress should restore a ban on military style assault weapons and a ten-round limit for magazines. finally congress needs to help rather than hinder law enforcement as it does its job. we should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals
on inside that inaugural luncheon where the president is sitting down with harry reid and john boehner and talking with evan bahy over the weekend, i'm sure they took the sharp objects off the table and have a food taster. and one said, don't worry, my vice chair lamar alexander will be sitting between them to make sure things are civil. all joking aside, they thought this is going to be a good luncheon and everybody will be professional and the big battles of course, will come tomorrow. and don't forget that hillary clinton is also, secretary of state going to be testifying on benghazi on wednesday. that will be another big event that happens here on capitol hill. now, to the parade, we can pan off just a little bit and you can see that some folks have gathered here at the beginning of the parade, quite a bit different than it was at least at this point from 2009, where people were 20, 30 deep along the parade route. we'll probably see that, and looks like people, five, six people deep headed down constitution avenue. we make the turn on to pennsylvania avenue and then a slow crawl up
. >> why does it seem harry reid is suddenly back tracking on fist filibuster reform. >> he is a man of the senate. russ feingold remember the real progressive members will tell you harry reid is a liberal guy. he's good. it is not that he doesn't want to open the door for getting things done but he truly is imbedded in this senate culture. >> in this system, this progresses. right? >> folks driving the reform tend to be the younger members. it's just a reality. >> anybody can look at the senate and know that et cetera broken. >> they are in a week position. this is a week position for them. >> for republicans? >> they lost two seats in a cycle where they should have won five or six. >> bill: right. >> a million.4. gerrymanned gerrymannedering is the only reason they kept the house. their marginalization is clear. the only thing they can do is secretly behind closed doors stop things from happening. we complete the cycle of 2012. >> which is why again i don't understand why harry reid doesn't see this is the moment to act on filibuster reform. we will
majority leader harry harry reid said one of his biggest regrets is not reforming the filibuster. the president announced he was considering major changes to the rulings. reed wanted to change the rules by requiring filibuster senators to occupy the floor and speak if he want to delay legislation. now, however, as we approach the deadline for making the decision, it seems like senator reed maybe backing away. the senate is currently in recess until tuesday and when they return they'll have to make a decision, whether to make good on genuine reform of the filibuster. a watered-down compromise that many say doesn't go far enough. this is one of those reformers. senator john udall. and the executive director of the democratic national committee. thank you both for being here. >> thank you, great to be here with you, chris. you started covering this very early. >> senator, you just sat down and i said this morning before this interview i looked at the notes that i transcribed from the interview i did in your office on 2011 on precisely this issue which was the last time it was with y
, because harry reid talked about the assault weapon ban and the chances of his being able to get it through the united states senate. he said it ain't gonna happen. and so if you look at the red state senators who are up for re-election in north carolina or out west or down south or wherever they're from, i don't think he can lift it. and can that's what i'm talking about in terms of overreach. if this was something where you said close the loophole on gun shows, catch the 40% of people who are going into the shows and escaping, buying guns if they're mentally disturbed and we should catch that and reasonable restrictions. the problem in the heller case and what d.c. was doing is they said you couldn't have a gun unless you registered it, but then today wouldn't let you register it. i mean, that's an effective you can't do it. and that does, in fact, go too far. so if it's a common sense -- and, you know, quite frankly, i don't know why ten. i don't know why somebody needs ten bullets, let alone thirty. so ten doesn't seem like some magic number to me. and, again, to the gun owners, that so
. harry reid, john boehner, all of the leaders. take a look at the flags being waved on the national mall in front of the u.s. capitol. i'm looking out at this picture. it is a huge, huge crowd. anderson cooper on is on the other side. not far away from the washington monument. from your vantage point what does it look like? >> it is an amaze sight here, wolf. you can see flags as far as the eye can see. former president clinton. hillary clinton. haven't seen much of her since she got out of the hospital. nice to see that she's here today with the former president. they make their way towards the podium where they will sit behind president obama and vice president biden as they are sworn in. we are going hear them announce when they walk in. >> like a school teacher. ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the 39th president of the united states, jimmy carter and mrs. rosalynn carter. >> president carter and rosalynn carter stepping down. taking their seats. followed by all the former presidents who will be here. >> john king, something special about this. just the tradition of it all. it is all
aren't the ones blocking this. the democrats aren't the ones -- >> speaker reid, harry reid, the leader of the senate, he's all on board for this, right? just want to make sure. >> i think leader reid is fine with it. in fact, they put out a statement supporting what the president did today. >> in two years, republicans and democrats are going to be measured at the ballot box. a lot is going to happen but the biggest thing that is going to happen is we're going to have time to see what works. not more false promises. >> nothing works, alex. >> is the president, for example, going to start enforcing the laws that we already have? his attorney general doesn't want -- >> cookie cutter -- >> why is the nra and its supporters so much more effective politically than the other side in dealing with this issue? >> poke be with me with a stick. money. >> why are there democrats -- and the antigun types, they have a lot of -- >> no, they are not. i'll give this to my republican friends. they are always better organized on the issues like this and they raise the money and the nra is effective in sc
until then to convince harry reid and mcconnell to agree to some kind of filibuster reform changes. more broadly speaking, they will continue to meet and plan their strategy for 2013 and 2014 and find the best states where they can have the victories. new york state is a good example. andrew cuomo has indicated willingness for bic reform of money in politics in the state . host: andy host: live coverage of senator patrick leahy, he'll talk about his agenda, the committee's agenda for the 113th congress. introducing him is georgetown university law center professor -- excuse me, law center dean, william trainor. thanks for watching. >> issues like immigration and gun control and what's done with it particularly now in the wake of the terrible murders of children in newtown, connecticut, and privacy and civil liberties and judicial nominations. a couple years ago i had the privilege to introduce senator leahy as he spoke at the new see yum -- newseum, that was a fascinating speech and i know today will be a very important speech on a very important series of topics. after the senator speak
against it. in fact, the senators, chuck schumer and harry reid and those who signed that letter, they all voted against the debt ceiling too. now, how does obama come away with that kind of history and accuse the republicans of shutting down the government and demonizing them? how does he do that? >> well, i think there's a long history of partisan hypocrisy and deal making on this deal. what we see obama doing is trying to take control of that political fight so that those who would get political advantage by say voting against raising the debt ceiling which tends to be popular. people -- you know, the american public, they hear debt ceiling and they think no, let's not do that. that sounds awful to give government more money to spend. he's trying to turn it around. but it absolutely is a dynamic that he exemplploited when he w senator. >> robert costa, let's look at this for a minute. republicans have a tricky situation. because the country does not want us to default. and this whole business of managing accounts and prioritizing, there's 80 million payment accounts. i know the interest
at the white house. they got a screening up at the senate. they got mitch mcconnell and harry reid to co-host a screening. and as you saw right now, they now have bill clinton's endorsement. >> why -- was this part of the hype by spielberg to have clinton there last night? is this part of a marketing campaign to win the oscar? >> listen, i definitely think it's part of the campaign to win the oscar. if you're going to have a lobbyist lobbying for you to win the oscar, who better than bill clinton? this is a guy who could have come on and introduced "argo," "zero dark thirty," but no, he chose "lincoln." >> let's talk about "argo." it beat out "lincoln" for drama. i loved "argo." i've only been to a couple of movies in my life where people applaud. after all, it's a movie. who are you applauding, the projectionist? you're applauding because you want to applaud. they did it at the end of this movie. it's such a thrilling example of an american with a can-do ability we seem to have lost. the other was "lost horizon," the frank capra movie. that's about nirvana, shangri-la. you can't beat th
say, including harry reid, suggesting that an assault weapons ban wouldn't get through the house. you just heard a member of the house saying he believes the president should take any action. what's your reaction? >> absolutely. people like larry pratt and the nra also oppose things like making sure someone on the terrorist watch list can't get a gun. they don't believe in any restrictions whatsoever. look, nothing in the second amendment says that you have the right to bear arms cheaply and without any convenience. the government has the right to regulate in any way to the limits of the law. they absolutely can do that and they have a compelling interest in doing that. there are things the executive could do without congress and the president should do them all. we haven't had an atf, head of the atf for six years. they should vigorously go after gun trafficking. a lot of weapons are bought in the secondary market. >> 40% of gun sales have no background check whatsoever. >> exactly. >> 40%. >> exactly. all you would have to do to close that up would be to say, okay, fine, if you sell
now with reaction for virginia g.o.p. chairwoman, and former advisor to senator harry reid himself the one and only penny lee. all right, penny, all the talk about war on women, i think maybe it's time for president obama to pick up the phone and call mitt romney and say, could i borrow your binders? because i need to get more diversity in my cabinet. does this bother you as a woman? >> well, you know, it'd be interesting if you'd actually shown some of the appointments that he actually made and that's what we saw today was the renewal of janet napolitano secretary of homeland, we also know that kathleen sebelius is returning as hhs secretary. so, he is, i think he was right in what he said, let us-- >> what about charlie rangel? charlie rangel was critical? charlie rangel-- >> but, sean, we know the process isn't ended yet and many more appointments to be made and i guarantee the president will be making those. >> sean: the top positions, the top women-- and before we go on, anita dunn former white house communications director. and pay close attention, the white house for a hosti
leader says we should be, quote, very cautious when it comes to new gun control. harry reid is part of the president's problem here. there's a change under way in the democratic party. question is how big? after 2000 when al gore lost, they blamed losing tennessee, west virginia and other places on his support of gun control. now, some of that was exaggerated. that's what they thought. you saw democrats being timid on the gun issue after that. look at the 2016 lineup. vice president joe biden, governor andrew cuomo, governor o'malley. three people looking at the 2016 race on the democratic seed in the forefront on gun control. we'll see how big of a shift it. >> the vice president will speak first. >> please, please be seated. thank you. before i begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart, our heart goes out to you. and you show incredible courage, incredible courage being here, and the president and i are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the work we take ur here today.
said. i think there's a lot that can play out here, and probably a way for harry reid and other centrists -- he's not a centrist, but other democrats to sort of find stuff in this they like and have big victories, and one victory can lead to another. >> it's important what david just said, the fact that the white house is proposing a series of measures, and i've talked to democrats on capitol hill who say what we'll probably want to do is pursue some bills that can attract some bipartisan support, might even get nra support initially. this menu, then, of other things can be left to. they want to begin immigration, so the gun debate could go on for quite a while. it's going to depend on the president to the extent that he wants to go out there and campaign for this and on this around the country to bring pressure. but he made it very clear, this is now in the hands of the democratic leadership in the senate and those -- and americans and democrats who want to put pressure on house republican leaders to get this passed. and because it's broken up means that some things can succeed
the president is proposing, even harry reid said he didn't think the ban on assault weapons would get through. do you agree with that analysis? >> i think so. i think there are a few democrats that will worry about going home to west virginia or other states like that and voting for a ban on guns. so, i think there is a good chance we can stop his legislative action. i'm concerned he will try to do the regulatory fiat, what he can't pass through legislation. >> sean: let me ask you, and put up on the screen, and this is infuriates me, no matter what issue seems to get up, there's somebody in washington, house or senate that continues to play the race card. hank johnson says the n.r.a. opposes barack obama's new gun laws and executive power and says, first of all, he's black and as a black person, being the president of the united states, well, that's something they still cannot get over. why does this keep coming up in washington? >> well, the interesting thing is, one of the most famous gun cases of the last few years is the mcdonald case in chicago. and it's an african-american gentleman de
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